Brettenham Gardening Club During these strange and concerning times we are living through and with all the gloomy news we are hearing daily it is wonderful to be able to step outside in the morning, breathe in the Suffolk air and take stock. It is certainly a time for reflection and each day I seem to notice more and in more detail. It must be the quiet and stillness that surrounds us now; the birds are singing louder, the grass seems greener and the colours brighter. Maybe, it is just spring doing its usual thing and surprising me yet again but it does seem that the Hostas are poking their heads above the earth a little earlier as are the Agapanthus and when chopping the little bit of mint, I managed to find for our roast lamb on Easter Sunday, the aroma was seemed unbelievably strong. It is almost as though nature is saying, “Hey I am still here and the world is still turning”. I think also that with time on my hands, not having to jump in the car to shop and do all the other things we normally fill our time with, I am scrutinising the garden daily to see what has changed and noticing more. And of course there is always something to be getting on with especially at this time of year, planting seeds, weeding, propagating etc… Now propagating, that is something I know little about but I have found a great piece on line from The RHS which is really helpful so I think I am going to have a go! Staying with the internet, I have discovered recently that thanks to the wonders of YouTube that you can take a look at lots of famous gardens online. This week I have visited Highgrove with Alan Tichmarsh and Prince Charles, Claude Monet’s wonderful garden at Giverney and found out about some of the work they are doing at Kew. I believe that the RHS is also planning a virtual Chelsea Flower Show! Now that should be worth seeing.
Well I am off outside again now to plant some runner beans and spinach, fill the bird feeders and have a cuppa when all is done. Oh and we seem to have a blue tit nesting in my Gardening Club bird box put up a couple of years ago! Very exciting! Keep gardening everyone; I am sure it is keeping us all sane! The potato in a bucket competition is under way and huge thanks to Jane (the other one) for delivering all the potatoes. Lastly I would like to really thank Carrie, the ‘other’ Jane, Mark Baker and 15 Dave Golding for offering and taking on the task of bringing on all the plants for the village green. All being well it should be a really colourful display. Definitely something to look forward to!
Stay safe and look after yourselves. Jane McD If you would like to join the club please contact Jane McDonald 736957 email@example.com